Eastern Ranges 19.9 (123)defCowell10.5 (65) A GRADE: Cowell’s Kieran Fiegert and Eastern Ranges’ Jonothan Forrest leap for the ball.
WITHa brisk northerly and temperatures close to 30 degrees, Cowell ventured to Rudall with an improved side loaded with youth, to take on the reigning premiers, who were missing several quality playersand had added fivefirst game players to their list.
After the Anzac ceremony, the Ranges won the toss and kicked to the silo end. Theywere immediately on the attack with early goals to Rhyce Beinke and Damien Hannemann, who were reaping the rewards of Rick Leonard and Beinke’s own hard work out of the centre.Jonothan Forrest was winning the ruck, and continued to do so all day, supported by Jared Siviour.
Pat Jenner was on the end of a Forrest pass, goaled, and then worked hard for Cameron Taheny to kick his first A grade goal on the run. Shortly afterwards Hannemann again roved the pack to post his second for the quarter.
Cowell’s first foray forward resulted in a goal from Klay Smith late in the quarter, and Ranges went to quarter time leading 5-3 (33) to Cowell’s solitary goal.
Cowell started the second quarter with more intensity using the breeze, targeting Kieren Fiegert up forward, but Ranges rebounded from missed opportunities to goal through Forrest, and then a slick pass from Beinke set up Jenner who kicked his second.Rick Leonard was in everything, and rewarded with a goal on the end of a chain of handballs, and Ranges had set up a match-winning lead.
Pat Jenner was again the recipient of fast clearance and slotted his third from 45 metres.
Cowell showed a bit of endeavour to work the ball forward to Kyle Wildman who marked strongly and goaled, and shortly after was on the end of a good pass from Nathan Mills to kick a second.
Ranges finished the quarter on a positive note with another goal to Jenner, as a result of more strong work by Leonard, tolead 10.4 (64) to Cowell 3.3 (21).
Cowell went on the attack from the centre through Tyler Franklin but Ranges rebounded and Rhyce Beinke again goaled to extend the already handy lead.
Cowell continued to force the ball into the breeze and their forward lines with little reward. Aturnover allowed Jenner and James Kellett to combine down the wing, enablingTaheny to kick another with a good left leg snap.
Brock McFarlane kept trying hard to set up some positive forward movement together with the Mills twins, but again Ranges capitalised on turnovers and Jared Siviour and Alex Sampson combined to deliver to Hannemann, who kicked truly.
The momentum had well and truly swung Ranges’ way late in the quarter, and Jake Stutley was outstanding in defence.Cowell made one last forward movement to Wildman, but only a minor score resulted.
The final quarter started with another good centre clearance from Ranges, with Jenner finding Harry Dunn, who notched his first A grade goal.
Cowell repliedthrough Justin Mills, but Stutley set Dunn up for his second, and when Jack Weiss found Jenner for his fifth, the game was out of Cowell’s reach.
Nathan Byrnes added another for the Ranges after a 50m penalty, but to their credit Cowell kept fighting, and pushed forward to Wildman who took a great horizontal mark in front of goal, to post his fourth.
McFarlane and Alec Klingberg combined to peg another back, and the Cats had gained the momentum.An errant kick out from Cowell allowed Byrnes to intercept and find Dustin Beinke, who kicked truly.
Cowell replied through another fine mark from Wildman, and Alec Klingberg applied good pressure to allow McFarlane to snap another on his left.
As the game meandered to a conclusion Wildman again marked in a pack to kick his sixth for the afternoon.
Cowell won the last quarter, Brock McFarlane was awarded the Alan Moore-Wilson ANZAC Medal, but Ranges came away with the two points andencouraged by the fact they have up to eight players to come back. The young players held their own all day.
Best players for Ranges were Rhyce Beinke, JonothanForrest, Pat Jenner, Jake Stutley, Jared Siviour and Rick Leonard.Cowell was well served by Brock McFarlane, Kyle Wildman, Nathan andRiley Mills and Tyler Franklin.
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